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This Valentine's Day, many join One Billion Rising campaign to fight crimes against women


Lasyapriya Sundaram,CNN-IBN
Feb 14, 2013 at 04:30pm IST

New Delhi: This Valentine's day millions of people across the world will be part of a global campaign 'One Billion Rising' to fight crimes against women. Many celebrities too have joined this campaign and leading the charge is Anoushka Shankar with a personal story of abuse.

Legendary sitar maestro Ravi Shankar's daughter shared her story about being sexually abused as a child. It's an effort by her to encourage billions of women and men across the world to stand up against sexual violence as part of the 'onebillionrising' online campaign spearheaded by change.org. On Valentines's day the campaign pledges to encourage people all over tthe world to strike, dance and rise against sexual violence.

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Anoushka is not the only celebrity supporting this cause, Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has also been working with the likes of Eve Ensler who are associated with this cause.

Anne Hathaway said, "I am working on a project with Eve Ensler and V-Day called One Billion rising which is focussing on ending violence against women in the world by getting people to dance and right now we have 182 countries committed to dancing on Valentine's Day so I am going to be dancing to end violence against women." Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron has also been vigorously campaigning.

In the capital, celebrities and women's rights activists will be gathering at Parliament Street on Thursday while Bandra will be the hub for the campaign in Mumbai. And in Bhopal, Shabana Azmi will be fronting the cause.

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